Andrew Clark

Pre-Theology II
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Rita Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

After graduating college I worked at a couple of different companies before I entered the seminary. Over the course of three years I worked at a school, an inside sales firm, and on the office side of a home inspection company. At the home inspection company I spent my time coordinating with home owners, relocation companies, and home inspectors.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

It is very hard to quantify a man's decision to enter seminary. I knew from the time I was 16 that one day I would go to seminary but I kept putting it off (for no good reason). By the summer of 2015 I had had enough of my own cowardice. I have been surrounded by good priests my entire life so had examples of what the vocation lived well looked like, which helped me see the choice as a worthwhile option.

Why do you want to be a priest?

Ultimately I want to serve to follow Jesus Christ wherever he leads me and I believe that he wishes me to be a priest. For myself, I wish to bring the Sacraments and the grace of God to people in their everyday lives.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I have spent many hours of my life reading, playing sports, debating, and most of all talking. I think conversations are at the heart of every good friendship so I have always prioritized sitting around with friends and talking (many times into the wee early hours).

What is your favorite quote?  

"It has been said that the essence of sin is taking oneself too seriously. Perhaps this is why God chose to save us by teaching us to laugh." - Bishop Robert Barron

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Augustine, St. Thomas (the apostle), and several others rest on high thrones of honor within my heart. The saint who holds the highest place though has to be St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, changed my life with its simplicity. She wished more than anything to take each and every circumstance and consciously give it to God. "Small acts done with great love" sounds like a cliché because it has been repeated so many times in Catholic circles but there is no better way to sum up her life.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

If the thought of seminary gives you peace and joy then pray about it, reflect on it, and then chat with a priest. It’s natural to fear that God might call you to something beyond you or that you don't want. Do not be nervous; God uses the deepest desires within us to move us toward his will. Whatever God is calling you to will bring you joy and fulfillment.

Any other facts about yourself that people might find interesting?

I'm a Ruthenian Eastern Rite Catholic who had to obtain special permission to enter the seminary for the Latin Rite.